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Insider’s Guide to Peer Review
Check Out the Redesigned NIH Grants and Funding Site!
We have dramatically simplified to help the grants community find and understand the information you need more easily. A LOT has changed. You may want to familiarize yourself with the site now, by poking around or taking a video tour, so you know where to look when you need to find information quickly. Here’s a taste of what’s new:
  • Interface for the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts
  • How to apply/application guide information
  • Grants process overview
  • Forms library
  • Presentation of policy information
  • and more…

Welcom e to the New NIH Grants and Funding Website. . . Take a Tour!
Let us know what you think. If something doesn’t work as expected, or if you can’t find information that used to be there, E-mail the OER Webmaster so we can take care of it.

FORMS-D Application Instructions Now Available – View the Transformation
Not only has our website changed, so has our whole approach to delivering application instructions. View the video overview to learn about the new filtered views of the instructions for the various grant programs, and how the html version of the general guide has been organized.

FORMS-D Application Packages Now Available for Some FOAs
We are adding FORMS-D application packages approx. 60 days ahead of due dates that are May 25 and beyond, so your applicants will start seeing them now. Help them make the right choice.
  1. Consider adding the following to your signature block. IMPORTANT: You must use updated grant application forms and instructions (FORMS-D) for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 to be eligible for funding consideration. Learn more.
  2. Add a reminder slide to presentations to your applicant community



Reviewer Guidance for Rigor and Transparency Now Available
We are about to see applications for research project grants and career development awards submitted under the NIH policy to enhance reproducibility through rigor and transparency go to initial peer review. See the new resources we have made available, including new rigor training module for SROs, talking points, reviewer guidance, etc.


Test Your Knowledge

What Would You Do?
An R&D contract has been awarded to ACME Medical, Inc. to develop vaccines against the common cold. The large Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract has been divided into smaller “projects” that will then provide management of pieces of the study. For instance, Task Order 1 will provide infrastructure assistance; Task Order 2 administrative management; Task Order 3 wet laboratory components and Task Order 4 will conduct the clinical trial. Should all Task Orders be coded as human subjects research? Check your answer!

Guide Notices

NOT-OD-16-080 Clarifications and Consolidated Biosketch Instructions and Format Pages Available for Applications with Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016
With the rollout of FORMS-D we have clarified the instructions and consolidated the biosketch format and instructions for research, institutional research training, institutional career development, research education, fellowship, and dissertation awards, as well as diversity supplements.

NOT-OD-16-081 Reminder: NIH & AHRQ Grant Application Changes for Due Dates On or After May 25, 2016
A reminder to the community of changes being implemented with our FORMS-D application forms and instructions. Applicants must use FORMS-D for due dates on or after May 25, 2016 and must use FORMS-C for due dates on or before May 24, 2016.

NOT-OD-16-079 Reporting Instructions for Publications Supported by Shared Resources in Research Performance Progress Reports (RPPR) and Renewal Applications
NIH encourages awardees to share resources. Awardees are not required to track or report publications arising from the resources they share. If an NIH award’s only contribution to a publication is a shared resource, awardees should not list the publication in section C.1 of an RPPR or in the progress report publication list of a Renewal application.

2016 SACNAS – Advancing Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science
Register online: Spring 2016 –
Long Beach Convention Center: October 13th – 15th
2016 SACNAS Dates Announced
Mentoring is a long-standing tradition within the SACNAS family. As a SACNISTA you’re well aware of the powerful and positive impact that a quality mentoring relationship can have on both a mentor and mentee. If you’re considering mentoring in 2016, we encourage you to take a look at our partnership with National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, NRMN brings together students, scientists and institutions from across the U.S. to support and grow professional connections within the areas of biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences. On the NRMN site you’ll find:
  • Virtual mentoring opportunities based on your interests
  • Access to webinars
  • Research and professional development resources
  • News about diversity initiatives and programs
  • Access to best practices in mentoring
Get started by visiting the NRM website today. When you create your profile, be sure to mention you heard of NRMN from SACNAS. Feel free to reach out to NRMN directly with any questions you might have at
New Diversity Resource
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NIH Early Career Reviewer Training Webinar
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